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Staying at Brukenthal Summer Palace in Transylvania

Just imagine! 18th century. An enchanting palace in Transylvania at the foothill of Făgăraş Mountains; A palace inspired by Viennese architecture and a ballroom that hosted parties that all high society of the time attended. Glamour, power, beauty, elegance, stunning gardens and good music. This were the glorious moments of Brukenthal Summer Palace. Of course, this was in the 18th century, but the palace still remains today and we had the opportunity to spend a night here after 250 years of history. Let me tell you a little bit about this place. Brukenthal Summer Palace in Avrig was the former summer residence of Baron von Brukenthal, who was the famous governor of Transylvania two centuries ago, It was designed in Baroque style of the era between 1760-1764. The domain of Avrig includes the palace, the park and the orangery building, now arranged as a restaurant, event room, and hotel. The Palace It…

10 Things that you probability didn’t know about the Danube Delta

In Danube Delta, reed stretches on over 1,750 square km making it the largest compact reed area in the world. Here you can find the lowest population density in Romania. A person for each 300,000 square meters. Sulina is situated at the lowest altitude in Romania. Also, Sulina is the only city in Romania having ports on both the Danube and Black Sea. In Danube Delta two carnivorous plants can be found: Utricularia vulgaris and Aldrovanda. Danube Delta is the richest fishery in Romania. The fish species with the longest migration range can be found here. Eel fish travel 8000 km to the Sargasso Sea, where they reproduce and then die. The only sand forests in Romania are found in the Danube Delta. In Cararoman forest there is a 400 old oak. Danube is the second longest river in Europe (after Volga that is 3690 kilometers long). Given that Volga is…

A day in the Romanian Danube Delta | From Tulcea to Mila 23 village

After a talk with our friends, we decided to go to the Danube Delta, for a weekend. The first offer we got was quite expensive. Luckily Laura, our friend found an offer that delighted us in every aspect. Discover the Danube Delta (descoperadeltadunarii.ro) is a team of enthusiasts who strive to show the world the beautiful face of the Delta: wild, mysterious, lively, quiet but still agitated. They organize all kinds of tours, sightseeing expeditions, photography or filming tours and kayak exploring tours all over the Delta, in any season and in all weather. We chose the One Day Delta trip, departing from Tulcea to Mila 23 village and back. The price was about 31 Euro.So we left Bucharest early in the morning and after a 3 hour drive, at 10.00 am, we were already in Port Aval Tulcea, eager to embark on our new adventure. It was not long…

Rihiveli Island – The Maldivian style

As I told you before, Maldives is divided into two categories: Resort Islands and Local Islands. Resort Islands are where all the beautiful over water villas are, while local islands are for local residents but recently, locals have started to venture into the hospitality industry, as more and more hotels/guesthouses are built to cater for tourism. This actually helps the local economy as they use to only rely on fishing as their primary source of income. We choose to stay in a local island, Maafushi, is fairly affordable and from here we booked many trips and excursions. We had a day trip to Fihalohohi Island resort and we were so please about it that we decided to book a second day trip to a resort. This time we choose to go to Rihiveli Island. The island is situated at the South of the South Male Atoll at 49 Kilometers away…

Fihalhohi Island – A Little Slice of Heaven

To choose a Maldives island for vacation is not simple at all. How to choose out of 1900 islands? So you have to make a plan according to what is more important for you: the budget or the Maldivian paradise. We choose the best of the both worlds. A budget accommodation in a local island (Maafushi) and daily trips to these “bounty” style resorts islands.First Island that we visited was Fihalhohi Island. We paid 100 USD/ per person (30 USD for the speed boat and 70 USD for one day resort pass with all inclusive) and spend one day at the resort island. Situated within the South Male Atoll, Fihalhohi Island Resort features crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and lush greenery. It is 28 kilometers away from Male airport. Fifty minutes by speedboat from Airport and fifteen from Maafushi and you can disembarked on Fihalhohi Island. Some even claimed…

How to travel the Maldives on a budget

Would you believe me if I told you that an exotic island vacation in the incredibly picturesque Maldives is far more affordable than you may think?! In fact, you can totally travel the Maldives on a budget. The Maldives is no longer an exclusive holiday playground reserved only for the rich and famous. There has never been a better time than now to plan your own dream vacation to the beautiful Maldives than you can *actually* afford.While the Maldives don’t have to break your budget, it’s important to know a few things before you go – or you’ll make some costly mistakes: When to Go The high season is from December to March. If you are visiting the Maldives on a budget, it’s best to visit during the low season when prices are lower and popular islands like Maafushi are quieter. You do risk rain at this time of the year, but it’s…

Maafushi Island – The other side of paradis

Since the government changed the laws and opened up the local islands for tourism in 2008, the whole concept of Maldives  which was only for the rich has changed. Instead of paying 3000 USD a night on a luxury resort, you can now book for 50 USD a night for two people including breakfast. We choose a hotel with half board – Kaani Beach Hotel in Maafushi Island and we paid 100 USD a night for two people.Maafushi Island is one of the biggest islands in Maldives. It’s surely the most popular local island in Maldives. It is located in Kaafu Atoll just 27 km away from Male. The size is 1270 x 265 m. Getting to Maafushi The good thing about Maafushi is that it’s easy to get to from the airport. There’s a public ferry which takes 1.5 hours from Male at 3pm for like 2 USD or you…

Amazing Things to do in Maldives

Maldives is the picture of paradise. With luxury bungalows extending over turquoise waters, sandy beaches and pure nature, Maldives is a dream destination. People expect to do nothing more here than sat in the sun, sip cocktails and watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, but this is not true. There are many things to do in Maldives. There are two ways to visit Maldives: On a luxury resort which means a small island. The hotel will offer you a wide range of activities, but very expensive ones. On a local island. It won’t be so luxury but you will have many activities that you can choose from at very good prices and enjoy the local atmosphere. Snorkel and find Nemo We went for a half-day snorkeling tour with our hotel, Kaani Beach Hotel. We booked the tour one day in advance. It consisted of snorkeling at three reefs (Banana reef, Turtle Reef, and Biyadhoo…

20 Things to know before going to Maldives

Most of the people go to the Maldives to have a pleasant stay in a luxury resort and they don‘t have any idea about the country itself. They just fly to a resort island, relax there, get some tan, eat a lot of western food, and fly away back to their countries. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing bad in doing that since I’m also the kind of person that loves to get spoiled from time to time. Most people don‘t see the real Maldivian life. You need to live among locals in order to understand their culture, their way of life. Before you visit the Maldives you should know some things: 1. It’s Made Up of Almost 1200 Small Islands The Maldives is made up of around 1,190 individual islands, peppered across the Indian Ocean. Some are so small that even won’t appear on the maps. 2. Not All of the Islands Are Inhabited…